LastPass Password Manager

LastPass Password Manager

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 308 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.73
  • Total Downloads:
    150,112
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 14, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    9.91MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    306
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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The bottom line: Effective, secure, and easy to use, LastPass offers a broad base of password-management features for free that can be expanded when upgrading to the premium version. It's an essential add-on for modern Web browsing.

Review:

Passwords have gotten so complicated that even people with ferociously sharp memories can struggle to recall the eccentric combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols. There are passwords for personal e-mail, work e-mail, bank accounts, Twitter, and Facebook, and woe to anybody who uses the same one for those two malware magnets. On top of that, it's recommended that you regularly change your passwords so they don't get compromised. Passwords are a pain, but LastPass slices through the Gordian knot of password management with a deft and effective cross-platform browser add-on.

Installation:

Installing LastPass is straightforward, except that you can choose between the universal installer or browser-specific add-ons. The easiest option is the universal installer, which will work with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome on Windows. Mac users will have to download individual add-ons for each browser.

After creating a LastPass account and master password, which is used to access your password list, LastPass will ask to suck up all your passwords into its cloud-based, AES-256-encrypted servers. This key aspect of LastPass, the cloud-based storage, is then followed by an option to remove all your locally stored passwords. This prevents them from being compromised after you've begun using LastPass, although it also means that you will be tied to LastPass from that point. You can always export your passwords later, although after using the add-on for more than a year we've had no problems.

Interface:

After installing, restart your browser and you'll see a gray or red box icon on your browser's toolbar. Red indicates you're logged in, while gray indicates you're not. Once logged in, you can visit LastPass' spreadsheet layout of your passwords with one click. This is called your "password vault," and while it's navigable, it could use some tweaking, too.

You can organize your passwords into folders and groups, you're told up front how long ago the password was last used, and there are quick links to Edit, Share, and Delete the password. A search field at the top will automatically search through URL and username. You cannot search by password.

A list of global actions such as settings, import and export, history, and manually adding sites lives on the left of the password list. To the right is a short list of options to be used when you select a password, currently limited to share, delete, and change group. At the top of the interface are tabbed options for managing your form-fill profiles, identities, shares, and applications.

Much of the add-on's heavy lifting happens in editing windows that open on top of your vault, but are not separate browser windows. This includes individual password editing and configuring, and changing LastPass' settings. The separate window is understandable for security purposes, but it detracts from the overall experience as an overlay.

Features and support:

LastPass offers a shocking number of features. The free version will be more than enough for most users, while upgrading to the premium version will get you LastPass for mobile devices and browsers, remove ads from your vault, provide priority e-mail and phone support, and give you multifactor authentication. This heightened level of security requires you to use a YubiKey or USB key in conjunction with your LastPass master password to gain access to your vault.

Basic and premium users alike will get LastPass' deep array of password-management tools. It will auto-detect username and password form fields. If it has the credentials for the page you're visiting, it will ask you to fill in the info. You can also set LastPass to automatically fill in credentials, or even automatically log in. When you visit a site that you're creating new credentials for, it will ask if you'd like it to create a password for you. Via the vault, you can change the default level of security for generated passwords. It will also detect when you've changed the password for a site that's already saved, and ask you if you'd like to change the saved version.

From within the Settings option in the vault, you can change your master password, configure the vault auto-log-off time, change the default security level to one of three presets or customize a fourth, and manage equivalent domains and URL rules for sites with more than one log-in.

While LastPass can be used solely from its Web site, and provides a virtual keyboard so you don't have to worry about a keylogger swiping your master password, some key features come only with the add-on. One of these is the on-the-fly creation of a one-time password, and there are others. The add-on menu shows you a list of recently used passwords, and allows you to copy credentials to your clipboard without revealing them first, fill forms, manage secure notes, customize hot keys, and change the LastPass icons.

It doesn't skimp on password tweaks, and that's a good thing.

Performance:

Measuring add-on performance is notoriously difficult, although Internet Explorer 9 Beta did note that LastPass only slowed down the browser's boot time by 0.16 seconds. The default threshold for warning the user about add-on performance impact in IE9 Beta is 0.2 seconds or slower. Google Chrome dev 9.0.587.0 put LastPass' memory usage at 14MB of RAM, high for an add-on. Browsing with the add-on versus without it revealed no noticeable slow-downs on a daily use computer.

Conclusion:

Password security and management have long been a deficient part of any browsing experience, and LastPass solves that problem while also making your passwords accessible anywhere. Cross-platform, cross-browser, and secure with a hefty range of options, this is the gold standard for password management.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 27 votes

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    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 4
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 308 votes

    • 5 star 141
    • 4 star 75
    • 3 star 24
    • 2 star 24
    • 1 star 44
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5 stars

"Spectacular!"

August 09, 2011  |  By primecipher

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.73

Pros

It has many great features compared to other password managers and works perfectly. It's simple, unobtrusive, and allows me to more easily remain secure on the internet.

Cons

I can't think of any.

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5 stars

"A must-have"

August 04, 2011  |  By Vignesh92

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.73

Pros

1. Easy to use
2. Good feature set
3. Good encryption standards

Cons

None so far

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5 stars

"Excellent password manager"

August 01, 2011  |  By brandon876

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.73

Pros

Handles day to day account access without a hitch. Stores credit card/ bank account data for use in on-line purchases. Lots of flexibility in what you store. Easy access with Firefox and Chrome.

Cons

Some web log on forms are not recognized.

Summary

Well constructed and easy to use password manager. Interface is well thought out.

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5 stars

"Notes, Passwords, Bookmarks of the sites saved! COOL!"

July 23, 2011  |  By RandyNose

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.73

Pros

Multi-Platform and Multi-Browser. Feels secure, uses don't have to use the computer clip-board to make it work, so no key loggers, if one is feeling shy on a friends machine. Your sites, bookmarks, and Notes are available anywhere!

Cons

The user interface isn't the same from system or browser experience. Might be confusing to some.

Summary

Roboform said they weren't planning any Linux support when I was switching from Windows to a Linux desktop. To bad for them. As I found this great program.

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5 stars

"Works Great"

July 22, 2011  |  By fj55luvr

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.73

Pros

Works great on Firefox. I like that it will auto generate secure passwords, automatically recognizes when you change passwords, auto logs-in.

Cons

Can't get it to work on Internet Explorer. Probably an issue with IE.

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1 stars

"Don't waste your time with this app"

June 30, 2011  |  By kcgii2

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.73

Pros

Maintains a listing of passwords used.

Cons

Doesn't fill in forms; loads slowly; instant distraction when opening or going to a new page/tab.

Summary

Much better programs available and maybe the paid version is more user friendly.

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3 stars

"Great tool !"

June 29, 2011  |  By peaches933

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.73

Pros

when it works it works well

Cons

slow at filling some forms

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5 stars

"MalwareBytes puts the byte on malware"

June 25, 2011  |  By Curlybird

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.73

Pros

Can be run in standalone mode or purchased to run scheduled. I've had it clean the nastiest malware infections.

Cons

None that I have found in over 2 years of using.

Summary

This is a great tool that will keep your passwords far safer than if they were kept on your computer. It is very easy to set up and configure. I recommend it to any of my clients that are looking for solid malware protection.

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4 stars

"it is great!"

June 24, 2011  |  By bethdalton1

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.73

Pros

easy to use

Cons

none so far

Summary

would suggest this to everyone.

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1 stars

"failure to work with Bank accounts"

June 17, 2011  |  By rhmayo

 |  Version: LastPass Password Manager 1.73

Pros

Easy to set up and integrate with browser

Cons

Does not work well with 2 FA bank accounts and actually becomes a big problem working with accounts having 2FA security.

Summary

They need to keep up with security solutions on a global basis and not just for the US.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.73
Version 1.73 adds additional plugin based Cross Site request forgery blocking and resolves a number of error messages were not being sent the proper translated message.
General
Publisher LastPass
Publisher web site http://lastpass.com
Release Date March 14, 2011
Date Added March 14, 2011
Version 1.73
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Password Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.91MB
File Name lastpass.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 150,112
Downloads Last Week 306
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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